Just a quick post after my visit to the gadget show yesterday. I thought I would just show a couple of pics of the devices to my fellow backers on the Indigogo campaign.

I spent about an hour talking to Edd and Robert and briefly with Ronnie. The enthusiasm of these guys for this project really shines through, it's actually incredible that they have got the product this far.

Version 3.4 of the ever popular Joomla CMS has been released today.

More details are available directly from the Joomla website - Joomla! 3.4 is here!

The main features of this release are:-

  • Improved front end module editing
  • Decoupling of weblinks
  • Composer integration
  • Google new reCaptcha

As we approach the UK General Election in May, there seems to be a growing feeling of “why should I bother to vote, as they are all the same”. So it occurs to me that a lot of our decision making is based on a number of headline facts, rather than a detailed analysis of the parties’ manifestos.

But frankly who wants to trawl through the pages of all these manifestos to find out whether a party really stands up for the things you find important in life? Currently there are 12 parties with representation in the house of common, and many more that would like seats - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_political_parties_in_the_United_Kingdom

Well it seems to have been a rather long formula 1 season with lots of ups and downs, but the real story of the year was the fight between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. I think that there were moments in time where both of them behave like spoilt children, but at the end of the season it would appear that, (well in my opinion anyway!), the right man won the championship.

It looks like Microsoft have just set the cloud storage market on fire by giving completely unlimited storage on OneDrive, (neé SkyDrive), to it's Office 365 users. This is barely a month after they upped the storage level to a very healthy 1TB. This would generally prove to more than adequate storage for most users, but it would appear that adequate is not enough for Microsoft! The biggest problem that any user faces is the upload time it takes to get this amount of data uploaded!

More details on this at https://blog.onedrive.com/office-365-onedrive-unlimited-storage/.

Today Dragon NaturallySpeaking version 13 was released!

If you want to see it in action, go and take a look at the videos on our YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLRFp5KqXtQ6yJRx8esYuJNuLunQtprO8a.

A few of the main new features are:-

  • Brand new interface
  • 15% faster than Dragon 12
  • Enhanced voice commands and full text control in webmail like Gmail, Outlook.com and Yahoo! Mail in Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
  • Use the inbuilt microphone on your laptop as an input source.

A new project on to Kickstarter is the LILA and although the headline feature is security, it is really multifunctional. With the appropriate sensors questions such as "did I remember to shut that window?" or "did I remember to turn the iron off?", can easily be answered with most iOS, Android and Windows Phone devices supporting Bluetooth 4.0.

Ever had a problem deleting, moving, or renaming a file only to get a message box with an error saying something like "The file is in use by another program or user" or that access is denied or a sharing violation has occurred?

To work out what program or process has already claimed ownership of the file you can use Microsoft's Process Explorer program. Process Explorer was written by Mark Russinovich in his Winternals days, but then subsumed in to Microsoft when that company was taken over. The program is regularly updated and available from technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/sysinternals/bb896653.aspx.

Run on over to www.joomla.org/announcements/release-news/5546-joomla-3-3-0-released.html, and you'll see the latest version of Joomla has been released.

After a brief run through it would seem that although there are some really nice headline features such as a shift to JQuery and a greater focus on Microdata; this release is more a case of releasing code in to the core rather than usable functionality.

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